Monday, March 28, 2011

Repurposing gear

I took these two today using the S95 and a Sony VCL-0630 S camcorder wide-angle conversion lens. I held it by hand against the end of the lens as I shot. The top one was taken at 28mm-e at 0.6x wide, which works out to about 17mm. The conversion lens performs well at center, but gets pretty fuzzy at the edges. It reminds me of the Lensbaby.

For the bottom shot, I flipped the conversion lens over, which had a magnification effect. What I learned was, never throw anything away if it seems useful. Its true purpose will reveal itself to you in due course.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sharp enough for you?

I was fooling around in the yard today using the T3i and my Russian Jupiter 37A 135mm f/3.5 lens. It's in Pentax Screwmount (M42), easily adapted to Canon SLRs. The Jupiter 37A was set at f/5.6. I used Live View and the T3i's sweet tiltable screen. Pretty sharp, yes? I will admit to some mild sharpening during processing, but believe me, it takes a sharp image to make a sharp image.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I like this one, it looks like the shadow's going for the steal. Taken with the S95 I have on loan.